Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change (MIAHSC)

It was great to spend a year back in Manchester, based at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) at MIAHSC and working collaboratively with colleagues from the GM Mayor’s Office, GM Culture, GM Health & Social Care Partnership and Health Innovation Manchester to co-develop Greater Manchester’s response to the emerging national ‘Creative Health’ agenda.

There is so much phenomenal work going on across GM (and beyond!) at the various and critical points where culture and wellbeing intersect. It’s work that has since come into sharp focus with the onset of COVID-19. It was a privilege to work with arts and health colleagues in revealing and celebrating their work for the forthcoming ‘GM Lives! GM Culture, Health & Wellbeing Study 2020’ – with publication expected after lockdown.

It was also great to have the time to reflect on my PhD research and to further my work in exploring new metrics and ways of measuring the economy. I wrote some thoughts around that work – around matter and what matters – for the MIAHSC blog, here:

Getting to the matter of Greater Manchester: How long is a piece of hope?

Basque Country Summer School – ‘Open Innovation’

I was so pleased to be invited to lecture on ‘Open Innovation’ at the Basque Country Summer School 2018, in sunny San Sebastian. It was such a great experience to work with and learn from colleagues from the Basque Country’s Innovation team and the University of the Basque Country’s Agirre Centre, and in particular to find out more about Mondragon and social ownership models.

A short introductory video featuring my pidgin scouse/Spanish is available here:

and my full keynote lecture (in English!) is available here:

Cottonmouth MCR

It was a real pleasure for me to join Vaughan Allen, Chief Exec of Manchester’s City Co, as a featured guest on the ‘Cottonmouth MCR’ podcast and to chat about economics, inclusion, development and ‘A Fourth Way’.

It’s not often they feature scousers on these – think just me and Andy Burnham!

Indigo Prize 2017

In late 2017, I was delighted to hear that my proposals around ‘A Fourth Way’ had been judged in the top 10 entrants for the global Indigo Prize. The prize had been launched to explore alternatives to GDP as a measure of economic success. Coming 6th was no mean feat given that my solo efforts landed ‘up there’ with the UoCambridge and UoManchester economics teams!

Sadly, I came just outside of the prize fund places – but was very pleased to be recognised and published in the top 10 collection.

The journal can be downloaded here: Indigo Prize 2017